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Sperm Whales Receive Emergency Protection from California Swordfish Fishery

sperm whale diving

A sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) prepares for a deep dive. (Photo: Oceana / Juan Cuetos)

Earlier this week, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reinstated emergency protections for sperm whales from California’s swordfish and thresher shark fishery, which protects these magnificent whales from accidentally being caught in drift gillnet gear. The agency will now require independent observers on all vessels in deep offshore waters where sperm whales are frequently observed, and require that all vessels carry satellite monitoring systems to ensure they’re avoiding areas off limits to drift gillnets.


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